Growers in Washington state are busy with 1st cutting Alfalfa harvest. With three quarters of the alfalfa across the state cut and nearly half baled, growers worked hard over the weekend to get the hay out of the fields. The earliest cut hay had some rain damage. Most of the hay cut last week is of good quality and color, showing very little bloom. Weather conditions this week will have an impact on the remainder of 1st cutting Alfalfa harvest. We hope for a successful 1st cutting in the basin to finish up this week.
Idaho and Utah also started their 1st cutting and Oregon should also get started soon. The Pacific South West (PSW) continues to experience record high temperatures. The heat will have an adverse effect on the quality of fourth cutting Alfalfa in that region.
The Timothy hay harvest in the Kittitas Valley and Columbia River Basin will begin in a few weeks. The cooler temperatures have been good for Timothy hay allowing for prime growing weather. We are looking forward to a good Timothy harvest this year.
Oregon straw is growing well. Rains have provided the moisture needed for a good growing season. We expect to begin harvesting the earliest straw fields in early July.
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